Deloitte predicts the rise of the DVD vending machine

First it was crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks, now the humble vending machine could boost revenue growth for video-on-demand (VOD) with the number of DVDs distributed this way set to double, according to Deloitte’s technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice.

The web has become the most efficient means of distributing short form content but drivers such as price (the cost can be as little as 60p per night) and convenience will increase the popularity of vending machine rentals. Continue reading

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Still everything to play for, says Bootle

After a difficult period over the next two years, there’s no reason why the UK economy cannot return to being a relative outperformer when compared to other major European countries, according to a leading economist.

Roger Bootle, economic adviser to Deloitte, said the UK should be able to compete with neighbouring European economies but warned that it would be futile to compare it to fast-growing developing economies that, even with a decent performance by its past standards, it is never going to beat over a prolonged period. Continue reading

Deloitte acquires property firm Drivers Jonas

Business advisory firm Deloitte aims to create a new model in the real estate advisory market with the addition of Drivers Jonas, the UK’s oldest property advisory firm.

The deal will create a business group of around 700 partners and professionals, including 650 Drivers Jonas partners and employees who will be joining Deloitte, significantly extending the firm’s capability in this market. Continue reading

Parris to speak at Legal Awards

Matthew Parris will be the guest speaker at this year's Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards

Times columnist and former Conservative MP Matthew Parris will be the guest speaker at this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

Matthew is one of the country’s most respected journalists and Parliamentary commentators. As well as writing for The Times, he’s a columnist for The Spectator and until 1998, when he was famously sacked for ‘outing’ Peter Mandelson on the BBC, wrote for The Sun newspaper.

Prior to his career in journalism, Matthew was a successful MP, having been elected to represent West Derbyshire in 1979. Before that he served as a diplomat and even had a stint as Margaret Thatcher’s personal assistant.

In 1986 he left politics and became the presenter of London Weekend Television’s political interview programme Weekend World. Today, he remains a regular political commentator and has written a number of books on the subject, including Great Parliamentary Scandals, I Couldn’t Possibly Comment and The Great Unfrocked.

Matthew will be speaking at Birmingham Law Society’s annual Legal Awards dinner on 25 March at the International Convention Centre.

Bernard Shepherd, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “The Legal Awards is well known for attracting high-profile speakers, and they don’t come much more high-profile than Matthew Parris. Continue reading